Filmmaker Sajid Khan took a vow just before the release of his comic caper Housefull - he would not read any reviews of his film.
"It isn't as if I've anything against critics. It's just a mannat I took during release. You see, I had actually satirized all the critics through a song I had composed naming them on stage at an award function. There and then, I decided I have no right to read reviews for my films," Sajid told IANS.
So staunch is he about the vow that he wouldn't allow any member of the Housefull cast to even read out passages of the reviews.
On Saturday morning when the favourable reviews appeared, Sajid's team began calling him excitedly. Sajid simply wouldn't hear of it.
Even when the film's lead actor Akshay Kumar tried to read out passages, Sajid refused to hear it.
"I believe the reviews are good. But I'm not reading them. I don't even want to know what's in them. My loss. It's between me and my conscience," he said.
"Housefull" has got a good opening. The comic caper opened Friday with more than 2000 screens worldwide and garnered a collection of Rs.48 crore gross in India and Rs.16 crore overseas in its first weekend. Made at a budge of Rs.45 crore, it stars Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone and Jiah Khan.
This is Sajid's second directorial venture after hit comedy Heyy Babby.